Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Woman in Hitler’s Bathtub, Munich, 1945

Lee Miller in Hitler's bathtub, Munich, 1945. (Photo: David E. Scherman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In 1945, former LIFE photographer David E. Scherman took this famous portrait of fashion model and photographer Lee Miller in Adolf Hitler’s bathtub in Munich.

“During the war, Lee and I were mostly inseparable. We were together at the linkup with the Russians, and we were together at Dachau,” Scherman recalled. “We moved into Hitler’s headquarters in Munich. Lee and I found an elderly gent who barely spoke English, and we gave him a carton of cigarettes and said, “Show us around Munich.” He showed us Hitler’s house and I photographed Lee taking a bath in Hitler’s bathtub. . . . ”

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